Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are still in the thick of things in the Canada West West Division playoff hunt.
The WolfPack sit in sixth place in the division after squeaking out a 1-0 victory over the Mount Royal University Cougars at Hillside Stadium on Saturday (Oct 17).
TRU has a record of 4-5-2. Mount Royal falls to 1-8-2.
WolfPack head coach Tom McManus felt the match wasn’t one for the record books but three points is three points. “ The team just didn’t play the way they can play. It was tough from that standpoint. I was hoping we would settle down at half time and get the ball into feet. But we were still panicking.”
The lone goal of the match came in the 10 minute mark when Taylor Miller (4th year, midfielder, Kamloops, BC) got the ball on a sharp angle at the side of the net. She struck the ball. Mount Royal Keelper Meghan Prudhomme thought she had it, but it bounced off her hands and wound up in the lower part of the cage.”
McManus was blunt about his team’s skills with the ball in this match: “ It was awful. We were standing and watching them so much. I give full credit to them. They came out and pressured us. Thankfully their keeper made a mistake on our goal.”
“ I thought we did have our chances today,” said Cougars head coach Tino Fusco. “ I thought we would have some good possession today. We love playing on the artificial turf. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result.”
Fusco thought that Kesley Kinzner (5th year, midfield, Calgary, AB) had a strong game. “She is our fifth year and came away with a bit of an injury just before half time. She battled through it and I thought her effort was good.”
WolfPack keeper Taylor Shantz (5th year, Kamloops, BC) was named the “McDonalds/TRU Bookstore Leader of the Pack Player of the Match.”
“She made four or five fantastic saves in the first half alone,” said McManus. “She was fully deserved of the player of the game award.”
McManus got a number of rookies into the lineup later in the match including Pia Pennekamp (1st year, forward, Arnsberg, Germany) who saw her first CIS action.
The WolfPack continue their home stand with a match Sunday (Oct 18) against the MacEwan University Griffins. Kick off is noon at Hillside Stadium. Mount Royal heads to Kelowna to face the UBCO Heat.